Caption: Teenage boy fought off stalker who burst into home and attacked his mum
A teenager successfully fought off a man when he broke into their home and started attacking his mum.
Jan Dzurko, 35, forced his way into his victim’s home, before dragging her outside by her hair.
The incident on Saturday, May 28, followed months of stalking which began in February.
Dzurko, of no fixed abode, admitted assaulting the woman and causing actual bodily harm after stalking her for months when he appeared at Teesside Magistrates Court on Monday.
The court heard how as he attacked the woman, her son came to her aid, trying to pull Dzurko off of her before he hit him over the head with an object.
The pair were able to flee to the Teesside safe house and lock the doors of the property and alert the police via a panic button.
The court heard the stalking began when Dzurko turned up at the woman’s home on Valentine’s Day with unwanted flowers and chocolates.
When the woman, who knew Dzurko prior to the offences, told him to leave he threw the items at her.
The woman’s other children also witnessed the attack on May 28, which happened while Dzurko was subject to police bail.
Jo Hesse, prosecuting, read out a victim impact statement which had been provided following a previous attack.
‘This incident has made me feel scared and also upset that my children had to witness this incident,’ the statement read.
‘It has been going on for five months and are very psychologically draining. I just want him to get help with his drug problems.’
The court heard that Dzurko had been trying to ‘patch things up’ with the woman when he turned up at her home on Valentine’s Day.
He had started taking amphetamines which had a dramatic effect on him and his mental health.
Mitigating, Neil Douglas said Dzurko has no previous convictions and ‘it’s all a bit novel to him’.
‘He is going to have to try and sort himself out,’ Mr Douglas said.
‘He said if I have to go to prison to get things sorted out then that is the way it has to be.’
At the hearing on Monday, Dzurko admitted stalking his victim between February 14 and May 28 causing her to fear on at least two occasions that violence would be used.
He also admitted assault occasioning actual bodily harm during the incident on May 28.
District Judge Steven Hood remanded Dzurko in custody for a pre-sentence report.
He will next appear at Teesside Magistrates’ Court on June 14.
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